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Does Nominal Christianity Have a Chance Against Radical Islam?

Are you a Nominal Christian?

There are at least three times as many Christians in the world as there are Muslims. In the United States alone, some 80% of the population claims they are Christian. With such a large majority of people claiming to be Christian, how is it that non-Christian beliefs and practices are rising to supremacy? And how is it that Islam is making such a prominent influence on our culture?

The answer is clear. It’s because a large majority of Christians simply don’t practice the Christian faith. This is called, “Nominal” Christianity. When Christians are not vocal and active about what they stand for, it gives the enemy room to infiltrate and eventually dominate.

The definition of “nominal” is: “being such in name only.” Wikipedia has an article called, “Nominal Christian,” from which I quote:

“The Lausanne Committee for World Evangelization (LCWE) defines a nominal Christian as “a person who has not responded in repentance and faith to Jesus Christ as his personal Saviour and Lord.” The LCWE notes that such a one “may be a practising or non-practising church member. He may give intellectual assent to basic Christian doctrines and claim to be a Christian. He may be faithful in attending liturgical rites and worship services, and be an active member involved in church affairs.” The LCWE also suggests that nominal Christianity “is to be found wherever the church is more than one generation old”

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nominal_Christian

Nominal Christians are those who are Christian “in name only.” It’s easy to become a Christian — all you have to do is respond to God’s invitation by confessing the risen Jesus is Lord (Romans 10:9), but that is just the start of the Christian walk, not the end objective. Confessing Jesus is Lord is the beginning of a person’s walk with God Almighty and the Lord Jesus Christ. But how much spiritual “walking” is going on?

My question is not, “Are you saved, brother?” which surely is of utmost importance, but, “Are you representing your Lord Jesus Christ in this world?”

My purpose in this post is not to condemn but to stir. It’s not to lay blame but to encourage Christians to stand for what they believe in. How vocal are you with what the Bible tells you is good and acceptable to the Lord? How willing are you to suffer reproach, to be different, to stand out in this world?

I compare radical Islam to nominal Christianity to show the extreme contrast. With just perhaps a few percent of the Muslim population firmly committed to their founder’s message, look at how much influence they are having in this world! Whether you believe the radical portion of Islam is following the Koran’s teachings or not, they think they are and look at the effect they are having.

I’m not in any way suggesting Christians get militant — please don’t. Our struggle is not against flesh and bone but against spiritual forces in the spiritual realm. Our weapons are not physical, they are spiritual. Prayer, faith, our God-given righteousness and salvation and the Word of God are our powerful weapons. With your mouth you speak what is in your heart and God takes no pleasure in those who let cowardice overcome their love for God and fellow man.

II Timothy 1:7  For God has not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.

The word “fear” in this verse is better translated, “timidity.” Spiritual power, love and a sound mind overcomes timidity or cowardice. We need not fear man or what man will do unto us because we are the Lord’s.

We have major societal issues that confront us. Rather than sitting back and watching what happens, we need to help steer what happens. Watching does nothing but allow evil to prevail. Getting vocal puts you on the spot, but no more than it did Jesus. They crucified him, and he flatly asked why should we expect anything different.

II Timothy 3:12  In fact, everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted,

Staying safe in your own comfort zone is not the way to change culture. A philosophy of Christianity being “personal” rejects the Word of God which calls us to an active walk of faith as we represent Jesus Christ in this world as we live our daily lives. I ask you to get out of your comfort zone and start living for your living Lord Jesus Christ. If you are already, praise God, He has raised up another one who is responding lovingly to His call.

Rather than watch things happen, help make things happen. Stand against the atrocities you see happening in our country and world. Stand for the truth and be willing to give your all — even unto death — for your Lord Jesus Christ. When he returns, he “has his reward with him” to give to those who serve him wholeheartedly and who do not hide their light under a  bushel.

Matthew 5:14-16  You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden.

Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house.

In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.

When is the last time you declared YOU are the light of the world? Does it sound sacriligeious to you? Prideful, boastful, arrogant? How dare you think those things. What you should be thinking is what our Lord said — “You ARE the light of the world…”

YOU ARE THE LIGHT OF THE WORLD — SHINE BRIGHTLY!

That’s my admonition to you. If we had 10% of those who claim they are Christian really stand on God’s Word and get vocal in their own spheres of influence, we’d see a massive change for God in our culture. Imagine what 20% could do?

Get shining, lights of this world! Get the bushel off and let people see your light. They crave it, they just don’t know it yet. And don’t worry about those who hate it. When you shine brightly, your Lord loves it and that is all that matters.

 

 

 

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I belong to Jesus, Do You?

I Belong to JesusI belong to Jesus — do you? There is nothing in this world that attracts me more than Jesus. There is nothing in this world that promises more. There is nothing in this world that I want but to be in close communion with the Savior of the World, Jesus Christ.

Forget the World

Forget the world and enter into the spiritual reality of life by acknowledging Jesus’ Lordship. Do you realize this world is passing away and only that which is eternal shall remain?

I John 2:17  The world and its desires pass away, but whoever does the will of God lives forever.

How do you “do the will of God?” God’s will is clearly revealed in His Word of Truth:

I Timothy 2:4,5  Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.

For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;

Romans 10:9  That if you shall confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus, and shall believe in your heart that God has raised him from the dead, you shall be saved.

Confess Jesus is Lord and believe God raised him from the dead and you shall be saved!  It’s simple because Jesus did it all for you. You can’t do anything on your own to “please” God because you were born faulty. That’s right, you were born faulty. Whose fault was that? Adam. Adam is the original man who counted the Word of God as naught and did his own will. That thrust mankind, for we all descend from Adam, into a fallen state — without God and without hope in this world.

But God had a solution before he even made man. He foreknew what Adam’s decision and action would be. He knew in advance that Adam would not obey him, and he also knew who would. God planned to have a son of His own who would do His will. His name is Jesus. Jesus was born sinless and chose to obey God his entire life. Wicked men took him and crucified him but God raised him from the dead and made him Lord over all.

When you realize God raised Jesus from the dead and that God has fore-ordained that he, Jesus, is the one He has chosen to rule all nations, what other choice would you make but to confess Jesus is Lord and accept his Lordship? He gave his life so you could live.

As I hear the daily news about terror attacks, climate change, positioning of nations, political and societal corruption, it’s hard not to get depressed. It’s hard to look at what’s going around and see how ignorant the majority of people are about why these things are happening as they bash the Bible and Christianity. But I look beyond. I look into God’s Word and see what He has planned for those who love Him, who are called according to His purpose.

Romans 8:28,29  And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.  

For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters.

I want more brothers and sisters to join me on this journey into eternity. Are you one of them? Are you my spiritual brother  or sister? Would you like to be? Confess Jesus is Lord and believe God raised him from the dead. Forget the world — it has nothing for you in terms of God’s riches. It has nothing for you in terms of eternity. But life in Christ is eternal, is rich, and is everything you really want deep inside.

Think about it deeply. What do you have to lose except “the world?”

Matthew 16:25  For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will find it.

Lose yourself and find Jesus. He will be everything to you too. In Jesus, you absolutely cannot lose!

 

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Catholic Church being Sued by ACLU over Abortion

 

ACLU's Communist Founders

 

The wonderful ACLU, supposed progenitors of civil liberties, is suing the Catholic Church to try to force them to provide abortion funds for illegal immigrants. I speak tongue-in-cheek as suppressing constitutional religious rights is exactly the opposite of civil liberty. They are a confused bunch, bent on destroying the very religious foundation of our nation in my estimation.

There are two issues I see in this fight. The first is in regards to the Catholic Church accepting some 60 million U.S. government dollars to help illegal immigrants, and the second is about religious liberty and whether accepting government money trumps religious rights of an organization.

Christian Churches Should Not Accept Government Funds

Jesus said, “I will build my church.” He doesn’t need government money to do it. It’s sheer stupidity to accept money from the government if you are a Christian church because then you subject your program to secular rules and laws. Separation of church and state is a good idea because it leaves the church to do what God wants with much less government intervention. Separation of church and state doesn’t eliminate the right for Christians to enter the political arena and work to change things, but it does protect the church from being forced to do things against its core belief systems.

The Catholic Church, in my estimation, should return those funds and supply their own. They are the richest church on earth with vast financial reserves. They don’t even need government money to do a project such as this. Their numbers are so large that all they have to do is issue a request and they’d have more than 60 million to fund the project. Their acceptance of government money to do this work is nonsensical and borders on greed. Isn’t it more blessed to give than receive?

The Government Knew the Stance of the Catholic Church When They Agreed to Fund This Work

The second part of my argument is that the government knows well the position of the Catholic Church — and most Christians — on the issue of abortion when they signed the deal. Because of this, there is no way the ACLU or anyone else should be able to sue the Catholic Church to fund abortions contrary to their belief system. It’s a direct infringement on religious liberty and the very commission given to the church by Jesus Christ to carry out work according to the written Word of God.

To the ACLU I have this to say:  Beware lest you find yourself fighting against God. It’s not wise to become an enemy of the Creator of heaven and earth.

There is another aspect to this also. These immigrants are here illegally. They knew the risk of leaving their home countries and illegally entering the United States. Why should American tax dollars fund anything related to them? Now before you accuse me of hating immigrants, let me clarify my position. America was formed by immigrants. My parents’ parents were immigrants. I love all people whether they are immigrants or not. But I do not support illegal immigration. Illegal is the key word here.

In my estimation, the Catholic Church should never have accepted government money for this work. Had they done this out of their own coffers, what an example of Christian giving that would have been. Instead their actions have turned this into fertile ground for another lawsuit attacking religious freedom. We don’t need any more of those. The government-run courts don’t always decide in the interest of religion even though our Constitution of the United States demands. it.

Pray with me that Christian Churches will stop accepting government money and, figuratively speaking, stop sleeping with the devil.

 

The original article is published here.


Walk in Light — the Second State of Christian Growth

Ephesians 5 Walk in LightChristians are encouraged to grow up spiritually, leaving the things of this world for the weightier and permanent things of God.  Christian growth is a high priority for those who want to serve our Lord effectively and live a life pleasing to him. Just about every Christian will say that to live a life pleasing to God and our Lord Jesus Christ, don’t sin. Is that it? Is that the fulcrum of the Christian walk — to perfect our walk so we do not sin?  Certainly our Lord wants us to “sin no more” as he told the prostitute whom he forgave but is that it? No, my friend that isn’t ‘it.’ That is just the beginning. The foundation of the Christian walk is to live without sinning alright, but it’s more than that.

We began this three-part series with the walk in love (if you haven’t read it I encourage you to do so here: http://christianculturecenter.com/christian-grow…1-walk-in-love/). Today we’ll discuss the second stage, which is to walk in light. In the first part of Ephesians 5 we read about this opening phase of the Christian lifestyle. I’ll repeat those verses here for your convenience.

Ephesians 1: 1-7  Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children; 

And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweetsmelling savour.

But fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not be once named among you, as becometh saints; 

Neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor jesting, which are not convenient: but rather giving of thanks. 

For this ye know, that no whoremonger, nor unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, hath any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God.

Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience. 

Be not ye therefore partakers with them.

The word “sin” literally means “to miss the mark” most of the times it’s used. There are other words for sin but the principle word used describes someone trying to hit a target that they miss. In contrast to walking in love, the apostle Paul lists several things that indicate someone is not walking in love such as fornication (which is widespread in our day and age) and covetousness (which is just as widespread) . These things evidence “sin” which means we are missing the mark of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus which God has set before us.

Walk in Light

Ephesians 5:8-14  For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light: 

(For the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth;) 

Proving what is acceptable unto the Lord. 

And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them

For it is a shame even to speak of those things which are done of them in secret. 

But all things that are reproved are made manifest by the light: for whatsoever doth make manifest is light.

Wherefore he saith, Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light.

There is a tremendous amount of information in these few verses, so let’s dig deeper and see what God is telling us here.

First, God reminds us that we were once living in darkness. We were not illuminated by the truth and walked as we pleased, as much as we could, in this world. Because we are now “light n the Lord”, we are commanded to walk as children of light. This walk in light is natural for a child of light. But what is light?

Light represents God in the Bible while darkness represents evil. The entire universe is set up to display this truth. We have bright balls of gas that shine light to their circling planets. God marked the light for day and the darkness for the night.  He made our physical eyes so they need light to see. Without light, you can’t see a thing and in the apocalypse to come, there will be a period where the darkness is so dark people will be able to “feel” it. God is going to show them how dark they really are who reject His son and those he sends to them.

What does it mean to walk in light? We are given a huge clue in verse 9 of Ephesians 5 in a parenthetical statement:

(For the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth;) 

Fruit of the spirit is connected to walking in light. Let’s see what this fruit of the spirit is.

Galatians 5:22,23  But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, 

Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. 

And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts.

The first part of Galatians 5 exhorts us to “walk in the spirit.”

Galatians 5:1,2  This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh.

For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would.

Notice I went to the context of the verses on the fruit of the spirit to see a fuller picture. Verses need to be understood in the context in which they appear, not independent of it.

Clearly, “walking in the spirit” is what produces “fruit of the spirit.” Walking in the spirit is the equivalent of walking in light.  By using the word “spirit,” the literal is presented, while using the term “light” is a figure of speech pointing to God who is Spirit (John 4:24).

So we see that in order to produce spiritual fruit we have to have to have a spiritual life.  (The word “walk” is used for how you live in this world.)

What are some of the things that are different about walking in the spirit (walking in the light)?

Proving what is acceptable unto the Lord.

Wow. We can prove what is acceptable to the Lord?  Really? How do we do that?  That would require the mind of Christ. Yet the apostle says we have the mind of Christ! (I Corinthians 2:16). Again I have to say, “Really?” How on earth do we already have “the mind of Christ.?”  Hmm… have you figured it out yet?  The answer is quite easy really.

The Epistles to the Church Reveal the Mind of Christ

Romans, Corinthians I and II, Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians and Thessalonians I and II are called “the church epistles” because they are addressed to Christians in our day and time (since Pentecost and before the return of our Lord Jesus Christ). Paul says in Galatians 1:11 that he received the truth contained therein directly from Jesus Christ by revelation. Hence, these seven church epistles (9 of course with II Corinthians and II Thessalonians) contain everything we need to live in this Grace period in which we live.

You are able to prove God’s will (that which is acceptable to Him) by learning His Word. Study those seven church epistles until you know them inside and out. That is your light from Christ himself while the holy spirit within you is your light from within. When the inside matches the outside (the mind) you’ll have light to the proportion of how well you know and live what’s contained in those church epistles.

This article is a little harder to read and understand than previous articles perhaps because of the many verses I’ve referenced, so if you’re having trouble understanding this, please re-read it with your Bible open so you can see it for yourself.

To walk in light is to walk by the spirit of God. It’s the second stage of Christian growth which begins with walking in the love of Christ, but walking in love doesn’t step and transition into walking in light. You continue to walk in love as you begin to walk in the light. This is a growth — there is a building effect going on here. Love grows into light. The more you love, the more light you will have.

Continuing to write about walking in light, Paul says,

And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them

For it is a shame even to speak of those things which are done of them in secret. 

But all things that are reproved are made manifest by the light: for whatsoever doth make manifest is light.

Wherefore he saith, Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light.

Notice that walking in love dealt with not fornicating, coveting, etc. Those are personal sins that stem from the corrupt heart of man.

Avoid and Reprove Darkness

But now we see Paul addressing external motivations — peer pressure, groups, other people and organizations. We see that our associations are important.  We are not to involve ourselves with “works of darkness done in secret.” This brings to mind secret societies, whispering behind the scenes what one is really planning and then publicly saying something else. It reminds me of people who get together for the sheer pleasure of darkness, whether it be lust, greed, or whatever.

People who walk in light not only avoid these things, but they reprove them. Now that’s putting yourself out there. Reproving darkness is to confront it with the truth. In some situations this could cost you your present life. But have no fear because your Lord is here! He is able to save you, and if he doesn’t then know that he will raise you up and everything will be OK in the end, and for all eternity.

Walking in light is the natural outgrowth of walking in love. You love so you stand for our Lord Jesus Christ and walk as he walked — in the light of God’s revealed Word, proving what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God (Romans 12:1,2) and reproving darkness wherever you see it. Yes, you will stand out. Yes you will often suffer in some way, even if it’s just strange looks from people. But it is doing what your Lord wants you to do.

Wake Up Spiritually

We are exhorted to “wake up” spiritually and Christ will give us light.

I encourage you to wake up and live as Christ wants you to live — not just ‘not sinning’ but representing him in this world, standing for truth while reproving darkness.

In the final part of this series on Christian growth, we’ll discuss how to take this walk in love to a fine degree of accuracy to increase the fruit we produce.

Stay tuned to the Lord. Walk in love and walk in light. Grow!

 

 

 

 

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Celebrate Easter? He’s Still Risen Today!

Jesus is still risen and is alive todayJesus is still risen today and we’ve passed “Easter” day. As Christians we know this, don’t we? Then why do so many celebrate his resurrection as it if was some kind of sports game?  To many, the celebration of Jesus’ resurrection takes back seat to his death. They cheer his resurrection on Easter as if it was a football game their favorite quarterback won, but within a few days (usually one day), the cheering is over and it’s back to the daily grind of living life and making ends meet.

Is that what the resurrection is all about?  A “memorial moment?” A “nostalgic moment?”A game someone won in past history?  If you view Jesus’ resurrection as a nostalgic event that happened many years ago that we just “commemorate” on Easter, this article is for you. I want you to know, without any doubt, that Jesus’ resurrection was the biggest moment in human history that no future event will even shadow. Not even his glorious return is of the same magnitude as his own resurrection because without his resurrection, there would be no return int the first place. I want you to see what his death and resurrection accomplished for you should you choose to accept it by simple belief.

The Resurrection of Jesus is the Biggest Event in Human History

I don’t know about you, but when I think of big events in human history, I think in terms of effect. What did the event accomplish? How did the event shape the direction the world was going in? When 911 happened, it changed the course of world history. That one massively bloody event had an effect on the world. That was a big event, but nothing like the resurrection of Jesus. Jesus’ resurrection changed history for good — literally for good. The world will never be the same because of it.

With the death of Jesus Christ we have the propitiation of all mankind’s sins. Jesus’ death paid in full the debt of all just penalties and all the Creator God’s requirements for the redemption of the human race and the salvation of the world. Yes, that’s how big it was and that’s how big it is. That one act of selflessness during which Jesus voluntarily succumbed to the evil forces in this world on behalf of everyone, and laid down his life so we could live, not facing the judgement and sentence we deserve, but to receive the gift of immortality and entrance into God’s holy presence forevermore.

Let’s see from God’s Word what Jesus’ death and resurrection accomplished on behalf of all who accept it by believing and confessing Jesus is truly Lord.

The book of Romans states our legal position in Christ due to the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross and his subsequent resurrection.

Romans 3:25, 26  [Jesus] Whom God has set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God;

This was to demonstrate His righteousness, because in the forbearance of God He passed over the sins previously committed; for the demonstration, I say, of His righteousness at the present time, so that He would be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus

“Propitiation” means “payment in full.” We see in this verse we have “the remission of sins that are past” accomplished for us through Jesus’ death (the shedding of his blood which describes his death on the cross). We also see God justifies those who believe Jesus is Lord.

Ephesians 1:7  In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace.

Romans 5:9 Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from the wrath of God through Him.

Matthew 26:8  for this is My blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for forgiveness of sins.

Colossians 1:19, 20 For it was the Father’s good pleasure for all the fullness to dwell in Him, and through Him to reconcile all things to Himself, having made peace through the blood of His cross; through Him, I say, whether things on earth or things in heaven. 

Jesus’ death on the cross provided for forgiveness of our sins and our justification in the sight of God, both of these things combining to reconcile us to God. We have peace with God because of Jesus’ death and resurrection. Most people are aware of this, whether they believe it or not, because it’s been published throughout the world ever since the printing press was invented.  But that’s not all of what Jesus’ death and resurrection accomplished.

Do You Have Peace with God?

Peace with God means God will never, ever, condemn you or act in wrath toward you. Peace with God means he is no longer angry at you because of anything you’ve ever done — or ever will do. You had no choice coming into this world. You were born “without God and without hope in this world” (Ephesians 2:12). That was Adam’s fault way back in the garden of Eden 6000 some years ago. You didn’t have anything to say about these things, so why would God require or even expect you to do anything to get yourself out of that situation? This, my friend, is why salvation is free. It cost God His only begotten son, but to you and me it is free.

All we need to do is:

Romans 10:9-11  That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. 

For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.

For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.

Have you done it?

Jesus is the First of a New Race of Spiritual People

Many people don’t realize that the resurrection of Jesus produced a new race of people. Jesus is the first “spiritual man” ever. He was raised with a new spiritual body, also promised to Christians (we’ll see this in a minute).  He is called the “firstfruits” and the “firstborn” of all creation. This is a very interesting term which we’ll look at, but first let’s see it in Scripture.

I Corinthians 15:20  But Christ has indeed been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep.

Romans 8:29  because those whom God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, that his Son would be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters.

Colossians 1:15  He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation,

Thus the focus of the term [firstborn] in the Septuagint is primarily on priority of rank, i.e., the one who has all the rights, privileges, and responsibilities of an heir; one who enjoys a special relationship with God. It is not on priority in time or origin. This focused persists up to and into the time of the New Testament and provides, therefore, the most likely background to the meaning of term there. Indeed, we will see that Psalm 89:27 stands behind the NT usage of the term in reference to Jesus as the Messianic king. Source: https://bible.org/article/jesus-and-christians-firstborn

Colossians 1:18  He is the head of the body, the church, as well as the beginning, the firstborn from among the dead so that he himself may become first in all things.

What is God telling us here?  God is saying that Jesus is the first of a new race of people — the firstborn ‘over’ all creation. See the article linked above to go through this verse with a fine-toothed comb to see the reality of what this is talking about. Jesus is the first of a new race of people who, with and in him, inherit all of what God is giving. This is truly amazing.

Philippians 3:201,21  For our citizenship is in heaven, from which also we eagerly wait for a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ; 

who will transform the body of our humble state into conformity with the body of His glory, by the exertion of the power that He has even to subject all things to Himself.

To confirm we are a new race of people in Christ, God tells us He has given us citizenship in heaven. This is spiritual citizenship. We have a heavenly, celestial destination, not an earthly one. Our true citizenship is in heaven, not in any country on this earth. Israel inherits earth but we are of that new race of people of whom Jesus is the firstborn, who inherit a new spiritual body as a new race of people.

Ephesians 1:3  Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ:

I encourage you to discover exactly what Jesus accomplished for us by reading and studying God’s Word. In God’s tremendous plan of redemption, His goal was to have children — spiritual children — to fellowship with.  He wanted spiritual offspring who would worship Him in spirit and in truth. This is what He obtained in giving Jesus, His only begotten son, to the world.

Praise God for his wisdom, love and might. When Jesus, who is still alive, returns, we who believe will be transformed. We’ll receive the same type of body Jesus has and we will have a new place in God’s order. This is the most fantastic hope anyone could have.

Father thank you for giving your son for my sins. Thank you for raising Jesus from the dead.  I believe Jesus is Lord. Thank you Father.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Americans are Attacking Religious Freedom — Why?

 

Stand up for Religious FreedomThe United States of America used to be a place that defended religious freedom at all costs. That is why our country was founded. Thousands of decent people lost their lives defending our right to worship God as we see fit. The preamble of our Constitution of the United States declares we have unalienable rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, and our government is founded on the principle of life, liberty and justice for all.

So why are there so many complaints — and threats — coming forth from Americans about Indiana’s and Arkansas’ new Religion Freedom Restoration Acts?  Are not these laws simply upholding what our Constitution already says?  To me they seem redundant but I understand why they are being passed.  It’s due to unprecedented assaults on religious liberty that they are needed to remind people and enforce what our Constitution already guarantees us.

You may have a better answer than I do, and please use the comments to suggest them, but my take is that we have fallen so far from the standard of righteousness in this country that unrighteousness is now prevailing. If I am correct, and this pattern isn’t corrected quickly, we are on the slipperiest road to our own nation’s demise. II say this with great fear for our nation as a whole and for the safety of Christians living here. Am I overreacting? Please let me know.

Although not one word in any of the laws passed by 19 states and the Federal government even mention the word ‘gay,’ the biggest outcry is from the gay community. Are gays not concerned about religious freedom in America?  Many gas are religious. It seems to me they are concerned solely about their own persecution and have no interest in defending the rights of others.

We have heads of companies, including Apple and Walmart, decrying these new laws while those same companies do business daily in countries where gays are murdered just for being gay. Where is their outcry against those countries?  Why are they not threatening to leave those countries if they don’t change their policies? This is a grievous contradiction with a name:  hypocrisy.  While they are trying to water down our own constitution, they are doing nothing about standing against human rights crimes in these other countries where they make a profit.

The fear generated by these religious freedom laws has no ground for fact. Should a case arise where  someone claims their religious freedom was violated, the courts will have to decide whether that claim is true or not. There are plenty of other laws on the books to prevent discrimination against, for example, gays. Just because the religious freedom laws don’t spell out that gays should be protected, they feel they won’t be. That fear is unjustified in my opinion.

Americans Should Be More Concerned with Preserving Freedom for All Americans Rather than Freedom Just for Themselves

Those who would gladly repeal religious liberty are in grave danger of losing their own liberty. The erosion of human rights begins slowly and then escalates until government has totalitarian control or chaos ensues. This is the story of history my friend. There is no way around it. In this world, things start to decay and then they rot very quickly. Little can be done once the process starts.

Regardless of whether you are gay or not, Christian or not, Muslim or not — if you are an American, you need to fight for religious freedom because it is the foundation of human rights in our country. Once that is taken away, our other rights will tumble like dominoes.

I think the following admonition to Christians summarizes the thought I’m trying to present today.

Galatians 5:13  For you, brothers, were called to freedom. Only do not turn your freedom into an opportunity to gratify your flesh, but through love make it your habit to serve one another.

Although this is written to Christians, think deeply about the principle it is presenting. We used to be a people of principle in the United States of America but principles are being tossed aside for gratification of our own individual desires.

Those who think this ‘great’ nation can’t fall are deluded. Rome thought it was too ‘great’ to fall also.  It fell.  Babylon thought it was to mighty to fall.  It fell. The way I view  things now, from the political sphere down is that we are in a free fall that will only end in the loss of liberty for all.

I wrote a song a while back warning Americans about this trend in using freedom for their own ends.  It goes like this…

(from Letter to the U.S. by Richard Allen Golko)

This is a letter to the U.S.
A nation raging rights;
Everyone wants freedom:
To do what he delights;

But listen if you will love,
To the word I have to say;
Sodom and Gomorrah,
Reek of fire to this day.

If you truly love freedom you will support the Religious Restoration Acts throughout our country, even if you are atheist, because you risk losing your own freedom in the process of robbing others of theirs.  Be warned.

 

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